World Cup Stars: Past & Present

World Cup Stars: Past & Present

Madame Tussauds Blackpool celebrates the beautiful game with a snapshot of England Kits through the years at the National Football Museum.

With less than a week until the England National team kick-off in Brazil, Madame Tussauds Blackpool has teamed up with the National Football Museum to deliver a snapshot of the famous white shirt over the years.

The five wax figures that are homed at the Madame Tussauds Blackpool attraction are on short-term loan at Manchester’s National Football Museum to celebrate the start of the Word Cup in Rio.

Football fans will be able to visit these soccer aces at Madame Tussauds Blackpool for the duration of the World Cup in the sports area. Come face-to-face with these football heavyweights and get your picture taken with them for an awesome World Cup inspired selfie.

England's World Cup greats: Past and present

The footballers are pictured with the World Cup ball from the 1966 final and the Jules Rimet Trophy, part of the museum’s unrivalled World Cup memorabilia collection. The images show the transformation of the iconic white strip over a 60-year period. From the basic cotton shirt in the 1950’s to the fashionable, hi-tech kit this year’s team will be donning in Brazil.

The Madame Tussauds Blackpool wax figures, which have never been seen in this configuration before, include some of England’s finest footballing talent that boast a total of 395 caps and 141 goals between them.

All five of the England shirts that adorn the Three Lions crest have been provided by the National Football Museum to show the advancement of football shirts over the last sixty years.

These figures include Sir Stanley Matthews who’s football career spanned over 33 years as he wears the classic World Cup 1954 shirt from England’s campaign in Switzerland. The kit was made from heavy cotton and became the first shirt that used the England emblem we still see today.

Former striker Gary Lineker is kitted out in the 1986 World Cup strip, the tournament in which he earned the Golden Boot Award after netting six goals. The shirt was made from lightweight, ventilated fabric to counter the heat of the Mexican summer. The unforgettable competition that saw the Three Lions knocked out after the infamous “Hand of God” incident.

Ex-England centre forward Alan Shearer models the World Cup shirt that was worn in France in 1998. The competition is best remembered for “that’ Michael Owen goal against Argentina. The kit saw the reintroduction of red to the home outfit as well as a redesigned crest.

Industrious midfielder Steven Gerrard dons the shirt from the 2006 World Cup hosted in Germany. England’s tournament came to an end after a memorable penalty shout-out against Portugal. This kit used body-mapping to ensure a perfect fit.

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Our Wayne Rooney wax figure with a replica the World Cup

The national team’s talisman Wayne Rooney wears the shirt the squad will be competing in during the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The latest strip includes cooling technology as the players will play in unfamiliar high humidity.

Matthew Titherington, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: “It’s really interesting to see the extent of change the England shirts have undergone over the last 60 years. The state-of-the-art technology that’s used in modern shirts is a million miles away from the strip Sir Stanley Matthews wore in 1954.

“The nation is hoping that the kit Wayne Rooney models will be the one to end the 48 years of hurt.”

Philippa Duxbury, marketing manager at the National Football Museum said: “The wax figures are incredible, it’s like the players are actually in the building. It’s a fantastic way to bring the different shirts to life and see the advances in the country’s most recognisable kit.

“The museum is providing the ultimate World Cup experience with an extensive schedule of activities and events this summer.”